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Chump Change Sometimes you can find polished gems even in the direct-to-video bin -- like this Tinseltown satire, only the second to costar Traci Lords and Abe...Chump ChangeComedyPT87MR Sometimes you can find polished gems even in the direct-to-video bin -- like this Tinseltown satire, only the second to costar Traci Lords and Abe...2004-02-13Traci LordsTim MathesonJerry StillerFred WillardTraci Lords, Tim Matheson, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard

Chump Change

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Stephen Burrows, Traci Lords, Tim Matheson, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard; Director: Stephen Burrows; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season

Sometimes you can find polished gems even in the direct-to-video bin – like this Tinseltown satire, only the second to costar Traci Lords and Abe Vigoda, and perhaps the first to feature a director’s commentary on a director’s commentary. Written and directed by (and starring) Burrows, the offbeat comedy – allegedly based on his life – follows the personal and professional travails of a Milwaukee actor as he struggles to find success in Hollywood. Those efforts include an unsuccessful stint on Wheel of Fortune (he gets sued by Merv), writing and performing in a play featuring a euthanasia-themed song, and pitching an action/sex comedy to a deranged studio exec (Tim Matheson) who greenlights projects based on whether they make his penis twitch. EXTRAS Burrows’ deadpan readings of responses from a focus group that evaluated an early cut explain how something this good landed in the direct-to-video bin in the first place.

Originally posted February 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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